What does the term 'Single Origin' mean?
Single-origin coffee or tea is coffee/tea grown within a single known geographic origin. Sometimes, this is a single farm, or a specific collection of beans from a single country. The name of the coffee is then usually the place it was grown to whatever degree available. Single-origins are viewed by some as a way to get a specific taste.
There are no real rules or governing body enforcing the labelling of coffee. A single origin coffee could be:
- Coffee entirely from one farm.
- Coffee from multiple farms in the same general area. (very common)
Estate coffees are a specific type of single-origin coffee. They are generally grown on a single farm, which might range in size from a few acres to large plantations occupying many square miles, or a collection of farms which all process their coffee at the same mill.
Micro-lot coffees are another type of specific single-origin coffee from a single field on a farm, a small range of altitude, and specific day of harvest
Some of Eco Coffee beans come from 1 single village. Some of our Italian supplier’s Beans come from 1 single mountain slope. This not only creates a very specific flavour but also helps specific communities as well as reduces our carbon footprint.